# Forcing first initials in bibliography, but adjust "F." to "Fdez." for just one reference?

I am in a situation where I want to use first initials with the Biblatex package. However, in one instance, I want "Fernandez" to be instead shortened to "Fdez.".

I know I could construct the reference manually using only the "note" field, but perhaps there is a simpler way I am not aware of?

MWE:

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage[backend=biber, giveninits=true]{biblatex}

\begin{filecontents}{ref.bib}
@article{fernandez2016,
author = {Fernandez Smith},
title     = {Title},
journal = {Journal},
year      =  {2016},
volume = {1},
number = {1},
pages   = {1--2}
}
\end{filecontents}

\begin{document}
It was first stated by \textcite{fernandez2016} that \ldots

\printbibliography
\end{document}

• Could you give a short MWE of what you are doing currently? Do you use the giveninits option to get first initials? Jun 8, 2016 at 15:04
• @moewe It has been done.
– Yoda
Jun 8, 2016 at 15:28

Since there appears to be just one entry that's in need of this special abbreviation form, you could try the "brute force" approach, viz., replace

author = {Fernandez Smith},


with

author = {{\relax Fdez} Smith},


\RequirePackage{filecontents}
\begin{filecontents}{ref.bib}
@article{fernandez2016,
author    = {{\relax Fdez} Smith},
title     = {Title},
journal   = {Journal},
year      = {2016},
volume    = {1},
number    = {1},
pages     = {1--2}
}
\end{filecontents}

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[backend=biber, giveninits=true]{biblatex}